Monday, May 31, 2010

Introducing WAVE in Bombay Saturday June 5!

Dear blog readers,

We would like to invite you for a presentation/ social event for our project - Women Aloud Videoblogging for Empowerment (WAVE) this Saturday in Bandra (Bombay).

Sapna Shahani and Angana Jhaveri will introduce WAVE and screen selected web videos created by the pan-Indian network, followed by a discussion about the program's future. We would like to meet anyone interested in the areas of videoblogging/ alternative media/ citizen journalism/ video education, social entrepreneurship, women's empowerment, technology innovation, etc, so please forward to anyone you think may be interested in attending.

A sampling of the videos we may screen include:

Weaving Dreams -- Padma, a lady of the Bodo community in Assam, changes her community for the better when she started a weaving society, turning away from their previous occupations of liquor-making. Created by Usha Dewani (4 minutes).

Accused of Witchcraft -- A shocking incident reported by Moushumi Basu from Ranchi about a village that ganged up to murder a family they believed to be involved in witchcraft (5 minutes).

Nyida -- Nyapi Bomjen shows us a beautiful wedding ceremony of the Galo tribe in Arunachal Pradesh (5 minutes).

Land Rights for Women Farmers -- Vandana explores why Women Farmers, who do most of the work in farms, don't legally own the land (2.5 minutes)

Corruptgarh -- Moonstar provides creative commentary about a failed 'Dhobi Ghat' policy in Chandigarh, with this humourous, fictional re-enactment (2 minutes).

The Little Ropewalker (Dombari) -- Prutha Soman from Thane juxtaposes international gymnasts with a dombari girl's tightrope-walking technique, posing the question, "Couldn't we encourage traditional talents such as these, instead of shunning them? (2 minutes)"

Aashayein -- Apoorva Shaligram shares the inspiring story of a young social entrepreneur Ramesh Joshi who tutors street kids in Bombay, who live rough lives -- some of whose parents are drug dealers (3 minutes).

WAVE was started last year through an award from the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning competition in the US and is supported by the Bandra-based NGO, Point of View, in India. Please to learn more.

Date: Saturday June 5, 2010
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Place: The HUB
4th Floor, Candelar Building, 26 St. John Baptist Road, Near Mount Mary Steps, Bandra (W), Mumbai

RSVP at or call us at 9922509310 (Sapna) as snacks and beverages will be served. Entrance for this event is FREE, please note there are limited spaces available.

Hope you can make it!

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